Avant Card Cafes for the Festive Season

December 9th, 2016 by Avant Card

As the Christmas lights go up and 2016 winds down, we’re less about alarm clocks and caffeine-on-the-go, and more about sleep-ins and leisurely summer brunches with family, friends or even just the newspaper.

With nearly 1600 venues in the Avant Card network, we’ve compiled some of our team’s favourite cafes from across Australia to cover all your summer essentials: what’s open on public holidays; the most child, family and dog friendly venues; who’s serving the best coffee; and for all the millennials – where to get the best smashed avo. Plus, find out what we’re looking forward to this festive season!

Meet the panel
Our nine expert café-goers who nominated their top café picks are:

New South Wales
Laura Baker, Campaign Manager NSW & WA
Sarah Collard, Campaign Manager NSW & ACT
Adair Imrie, Graphic Designer

Erica Heller-Wagner, Marketing Guru

Australian Capital Territory
Silvia Novak, ACT distributor

Warren Handley, QLD distributor

Western Australia
Tamara Newman, WA distributor

South Australia
Jye Marsh, SA distributor

Margot Hansen, TAS distributor



Cafes open on public holidays
Whipping up Christmas and New Year’s Day lunch but want to leave breakfast to someone else? These are some of the Avant Card venues that are open on public holidays.

Sarah: “I am a big fan of About Life in Bondi Junction. They are open 8.00am-5.00pm public holidays which is super handy!” 

Laura: Gusto Espresso in Bondi and Coogee are open all year round!” 

Adair: “VargaBar Espresso in Newtown – always open and happy to accommodate, they also have a fantastic selection of vegetarian breakfasts”

Erica: De Clieu, Fitzroy, is open on Christmas Day. 9am-3pm.”

Silvia: Many cafes close on Christmas Day here in the ACT, but a full list is often made available closer to the date via The Canberra Times Good Food Guide.”

Warren: “The Three Monkeys, West End.”



Child, family and dog friendly
The festive season is all about spending time with your loved ones (human and canine) while enjoying delicious food and great coffee.

Sarah: “The Sydney Avant Card office’s local cafe Fluid, in Beaconsfield, always has dogs sitting with their owners in the outside section which is nice because there is nothing better than dogs and coffee in the morning!”  

Laura: “Globe Cafe in Coogee has tables out front along Coogee Bay Road which is great for bringing your dog along. Urban Bites in Newtown is wonderful for families with plenty of space inside and outside, and a kid friendly-menu (reasonably priced too).”

Adair: “Sappho Books in Glebe is a bookstore out front, café out back. The combination of green gardens and musty bookshelves create the perfect atmosphere to relax in with your favourite buddy (be that on two legs or four).”

Erica: “Yarra Edge Nursery Café, Fairfield. My coffee go-to on the days that I’m in class at Melbourne Polytechnic. I’m enrolled in an Animal Studies course and we often bring our furry companions to class, and then of course to lunch. Great outdoor seating for dining with your four-legged friends, and enough space inside to navigate a pram.”

Silvia: “Yarralumla Gallery and Oaks Brasserie. They have a dedicated dog area, impeccable grounds, rose gardens, a wonderful climbing tree, and of course a very popular Avant Card display at their front entrance doors.”

Warren: “Jacu Espresso, Norman Park.”

Tamara: “The Shipping Lane, Leighton Beach, North Fremantle. Pop in after taking the family and furry friends to the beach.  All welcome here.”

Jye: “Hawker Street Café. Carnevale Coffee roasters and E for Ethel”   

Margot: “Lansdowne Cafe, West Hobart. Cheerfully welcoming mums, dads, kiddies and pooches.



Best coffee
Perhaps the most important category of all…

Sarah: I have a few places that I crave coffee from regularly but Black Star Pastry in Newtown is always a good idea in the afternoon because you get to add a delicious treat on the side. Two birds!”

Laura: I’m not a coffee drinker but Cook & Archies in Surry Hills have a yummy Chai Latte.”

Adair: ‘My go-to is St Johns Espresso in Glebe (previously Mano). It’s consistently high quality, has an easy going atmosphere, and best of all: home made cakes’

Erica: “Love a soy latte from Addict Food and Coffee in Fitzroy. Either takeaway or with breakfast after yoga at Power Living Fitzroy.”

Silvia: ONA Coffee House Cafe, Fyshwick – owned by 2015 World Barista Champion, Sasa Sestic, this place absolutely knows coffee. How can they go wrong? Trained by the best in the world! Oh, and our display is always a hit with patrons.”

Warren: Coffee Anthology, Brisbane CBD.”

Tamara: This is a hard one…Can I have two? La Veen Coffee and Kitchen, King Street Perth. I love this place…and Blink Coffee Co, Fremantle’s West End. Sergio knows how to make coffee just the way you like it!”

Jye: It’s really hard to pick best coffee! At the moment I’m loving the Black Dog Gallery cold brew, it comes served with sugar syrup and your choice of milk, on these nearly summer days they are amazing. Honorable mention as well for Lime 2 Cafe, they always seem to have new interesting origins to try.”

Margot: Next Door, Hobart. Coffee with the friendliest smiliest service.”



Best smashed avo
Who wants a house for Christmas when you can have smashed avo?

Sarah: “I had an amazing smashed avo at Jo & Willey’s Depot in Bondi, it was actually smashed peas and avo and it just works!” 

Adair: “In the Annex, Forest Lodge – hands down best breakfast in Sydney – and almost all dishes have a vegetarian option”

Erica: The Glass Den, Coburg. I love all their vegan options!” 

Silvia: Penny University Coffee Roasters, Kennedy Street, historic Kingston – without a doubt one of the best cafes in Canberra – their smashed avo dish is their best seller! Say hi to owner Ellie who knows how to make you feel welcome in this beautifully designed cafe in Canberra’s oldest shopping district.”

Warren: Reverends Specialty Coffee, Fortitude Valley”

Tamara: Little Bird Café, Northbridge”

Jye: “Argos on the Parade for sure, if you can make it through the crazy line that’s always running out the door!”

Margot: “Room For A Pony, North Hobart. Avo and feta smash on locally made Pigeon Whole Sourdough with lemon. Yum.”



What we’re looking forward to this festive season

Laura: I’m looking forward to going home to my parents farm in central NSW to have Christmas with my family, and also spending time up the north coast with my partner and his family.” 

Sarah: “Food, family and the ridiculous jokes in the Christmas crackers. I’m a fan of dad jokes.”

Adair: “Long lunches, fine wine and hearty laughter.’

Erica: Having Christmas in Melbourne with my wonderful partner and his family. And making little Christmas outfits for my pet ratties Seamus and Spagmoss!”

Silvia: Now let me think about this for a nano-second. I’m looking forward to getting back to work in week one of 2017! Aren’t you?” 

Warren: “All the family coming to town to soak up the Brisbane heat!” 

Tamara: Spending time with my beautiful family at our beach house in Binningup.”

Jye: “Cooking with my friends and family mostly, i’m going to put on an asian inspired feast with a Christmas twist, for something a little bit different.”

Margot: Turning on those Chrissy twinkling lights, contact with happy family from afar and catchup and hugs with nearby special friends who are like family.”


From all the team at Avant Card, we wish you a safe and happy festive season,
and we look forward to working with you in 2017!